Appointment of new sheriffs


On March 19, 2011 Her Majesty the Queen appointed Mr Peter Gerald Laurie Hammond, Advocate, as an all-Scotland floating sheriff based at Stonehaven and Mr John Kennedy Mundy, Advocate, as an all-Scotland floating sheriff based at Arbroath.

Mr Hammond and Mr Mundy have been nominated for appointment on the basis of a report by the independent Judicial Appointments Board.

Mr Hammond and Mr Mundy will have a commission enabling them to serve where required throughout Scotland's sheriff courts but in practice they will be expected to sit mostly in the Sheriffdom of Grampian, Highlands and Islands and the Sheriffdom Tayside, Central and Fife respectively.

Mr Hammond will take up appointment on 14 April 2011 and Mr Mundy will take up appointment on 18 April 2011.

Mr Hammond graduated from the University of Dundee. He was admitted as a Solicitor in 1986 and to the Faculty of Advocates in 1992. In the course of his career at the Bar, his wide ranging practice has included criminal law, reparation, professional negligence, family law and commercial law. From 2004 to 2007, as an Advocate Depute he represented the Crown in serious criminal prosecutions. In 2007 he returned to private practice at the bar and since 2008 has been a part-time sheriff.

Mr Mundy graduated from the University of Dundee. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1983 and to the Faculty of Advocates in 1987. He began his legal career as a trainee solicitor with John W & G Lockhart, Ayr appearing regularly in court from 1982. In his early years as an advocate he acted in both criminal and civil cases. Over time he developed a civil practice and became increasingly involved in family law, particularly financial provision on divorce and parent and child issues. His wide range of work has included personal injury and heritable property issues and he has in recent years developed an interest in the field of health regulation and fitness to practice. In 2007, he was appointed to the Panel of Legal Assessors for both the General Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council. In 2009, he was appointed Chair of the Investigating Committee of the General Osteopathic Council.

The salary of a sheriff is £128,296 per annum.

The Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland was established by Ministers in 2002; and it became an independent advisory non-departmental public body on 1st June 2009. The Board has statutory responsibilities under the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008. The Board's role is to recommend for appointment to the office of judge, sheriff principal, sheriff and part-time sheriff. The First Minister retains the statutory responsibility for making nominations to Her Majesty the Queen. The First Minister is required by statute to consult the Lord President of the Court of Session before making his nomination to Her Majesty.